Updated: Feb 4
The next time someone says, "I don't want you, or you are not wanted here," let your thoughts and mind recall Ephesians 1:4-7 (NLT):
Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. He wanted to do this, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.
The creator of the universe thought enough about you! He chose you before He created the world. Before He created water and the sun, He chose you. Before He created animals, He thought about (insert your name) me. Oh me, oh my, not only did You create me before the world and my haters, but you said I want you in my family.
Another incredible thing is He knew and knows that I have and will continue to sin, mess up, procrastinate, cuss, have unrighteous anger, be lazy, mean, act like a jerk for no apparent reason, complain, with a loaf of bread under my arms and not think about Him for days, weeks, months or even years. He knew all this and still said I called you! I am calling you, and I want you. Erikah (insert your name), you have a purpose. I have called you and adopted you. My son will pay for all your past, present, and future sins. I am waiting patiently for you. No one else can say it like you, teach it like you, show compassion like you, hug like you, or even encourage like you. Erikah (insert your name), I am the Lord Your God, and I have called and am calling you on purpose and for purpose. Who is that hater compared to me? Erikah (insert your name), I am waiting.
He is still saying this to you, even when the hater is you, your mind, thoughts, and words...
My response to this calling is yes, Lord, I'm here, ready, and willing because you called me. Now, undeniably and unashamedly praise God, who called and continues to call you and me.
Living in, on, and for purpose, are you?